EVENT: Teaching Symposium: Building Best Practice

  • Start date: Wednesday 26 April 2017
  • End date: Wednesday 26 April 2017
  • Time:: 09:30 to 16:30
  • Venue:: To be announced

IMPROVING TEACHING practice through the power of discussion and debate will be the focus of an upcoming event.

The Teaching Symposium: Building Best Practice will provide a platform for colleagues from across the university to discuss, engage and inform teaching using informal discussions as well as insightful illustrations of current and future practice.

The day-long event is a collaboration between the Academy of Innovation in Business Education (AI) in Leeds University Business School (LUBS) and the Leeds Enterprise Educator’s Network (LEEN) through the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies (CEES).

Dr Emilee L Simmons, Director of Teaching Enhancement (LUBS), who is organising the event, has called for presenters and papers to be submitted for the event.

“This symposium is a great opportunity and open to all university colleagues from professional staff in and around student education, such as blended learning, the student education service and library, etc., as well as including the full range of academic staff from early career and Postgraduate Research up through to Professors and Vice-Chancellors,” says Dr Simmons.

“We are now keen that staff put themselves forward to present and submit papers to make the most of this exciting event. We look forward to seeing you all there.”

Call for Presenters:

There are three levels of presenting – suited for early career to experienced researchers and professionals

Sessions A: Roundtables: ‘We Need to Talk About…Education’

For these sessions, all you need is an educational topic that you would like to be discussed as a round table. During the session, you will have up to 10 minutes to put forward your ideas for discussion and as a group you will have 15 minutes to discuss and then five minutes for reflections and takeaways.

This is a great session for people who:

1. are new to academia and/or Leeds and can use this as an introduction to this space as it takes less time to create and lead
2. want to discuss a new idea or concept to them & find out more what’s happening around Leeds
3. are looking for potential collaborators/supporters for a scholarship, research and/or teaching project

Please email your chosen topic, with a few additional questions you feel will provoke discussion. Please note: no PowerPoint slides, but handouts could be made available.

Sessions B: The Answer is…42

These sessions provide a brief presentation on a particular teaching/ student engagement approach that you would like to share with others. This could be a great innovation you do already or a new approach you are looking to get into, but would like some feedback and support.

During these sessions, you will have 10 minutes to present your particular area. This leaves 15 minutes for discussion and then five minutes for reflections and takeaways.

This is a great session for people who:
1. want to discuss their idea or a new concept & find out more what’s happening around Leeds
2. like to use PowerPoints and discuss what they’ve done/will be doing, and receive considerate feedback
3. are looking to disseminate their scholarship, research and/or student education policies or project; possibly looking for collaborators

Please email your presentation topic, with a brief explanation of what you plan to do and what you hope to get out of this, or, what the audience will takeaway from this.

Sessions C Live! Workshops:

These are much longer demonstrations and case studies to illustrate what you/team/we do in practice. This could be something that is demonstrated with students or could involve the participants, or be a group demonstration of various techniques.

These are much longer sessions, so that the participants have the time to move from workshop to workshop. Therefore the activity must be able to be repeated several times or last for 1-2 hours, so that participants can come around and ask questions and see your innovations in practice.

This is a great session for people who: have a practical teaching/student education innovation that is established enough, and can be interactive.

Please email your chosen workshop theme and a brief description on what and how you will be demonstrating this. Please also include: what the participants will be able to take away from the session.

Expression of Interest to Submit/Attend and Contact Information

If you’d like to:

1. express an interest in submitting a workshop/presentation/discussion, or,

2. would like to just attend as a delegate, no submission, or,

3. if you have any questions.

Please contact: Dr Emilee L Simmons, Director of Teaching Enhancement (LUBS) at E.L.Simmons@leeds.ac.uk

Deadline for Expressions of Interest: Monday 27th March at 12:00 noon.

Notifications of Success no later than Friday 31st March.

Full Programme, with venues, will be announced on Friday 7th April.